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Commercial Real Estate


CLE Hours: 5 including 5 General, 0 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 0 Trial Practice

Original Program Date:
Nov 17, 2022


Description

 

Presiding:

 

Kyle J. Levstek, Program Co-Chair; Calloway Title & Escrow LLC, Atlanta, GA

 

Paula C. Rothenberger, Program Co-Chair; Balch & Bingham, LLP, Atlanta, GA

 

 

8:00

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION

 

 

8:30

INTRODUCTION

 

Julia D. Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

 

 

8:35

WELCOME AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

Kyle J. Levstek

 

 

8:45

AN INSIDE VIEW OF DEFEASANCE

 

Mark Kurowski, Director of Sales, Thirty Capital Financial, Charlotte, NC

 

 

9:45

DATA SECURITY  

 

Chris Noles, President, Beyond Computer Solutions, Canton, GA

 

 

10:45

BREAK 

 

 

10:55

THE NEW 2021 ALTA POLICIES AND ENDORSEMENTS

 

P. Andrew “Andy” Baker, Vice President, Georgia Commercial Underwriting Counsel, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA

 

 

11:55

LUNCH

 

 

12:40 

TITLE EXAMINATION

 

Panelists:

 

J. Michael Dugan, Vice President, Georgia State Underwriting Counsel, National Title Insurance Company New York, Greensboro, GA

 

Bruce L. Ferguson, Georgia and North Carolina Underwriting Counsel, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Roswell, GA

 

Leonard R. Gray Jr., First American Title Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA

 

Kenneth W. Stroud, Associate State Counsel, Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company, Alpharetta, GA

 

 

1:40

THE ART OF THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION

 

Mark E. Chastain, President, Chastain & Associates P.C., Ellijay, GA

 

 

2:40

BREAK

 

 

2:55

WHAT THE RPLS DOES FOR YOU 

 

 

 

RPLS Committee Members

 

 

 

RECOGNITION

 

Stuart S Gordan, Senior Partner, McCalla Raymer Liebert Pierce, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM

 

Stuart S. Gordan

 

 

 

LEGISLATIVE

 

Robert B. “Rob” Brannen, Jr., Partner, Bouhan Falligant LLP, Savannah, GA

 

 

 

LITIGATION

 

Kyle J. Levstek for Larry Evans, Manager, Calloway Title & Escrow LLC, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

BYLAWS

 

Hilary H. Fentress, Georgia State Underwriting Counsel, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION

 

Paula C. Rothenberger, Counsel, Balch & Bingham LLP, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

PRO BONO

 

Cater S. Hoskins, Member, O’Kelley & Sorohan LLC, Cumming, GA

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

 

Kelsea Laun, Vice President and Underwriting Counsel, Doma Title Insurance, Miami, FL

 

 

 

TITLE STANDARDS

 

Allison C. “Allie” Jett, Founder, Jett Law Group, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

REAL PROPERTY LAW INSTITUTE

 

Hilary H. Fentress

 

 

3:55

ADJOURN

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR:

 

Colette Reed, Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers and times are subject to change.

Handouts

Speaker


Mr. Peyton Andrew Baker Related Seminars and Products

Fidelity National Title Group


Peyton Baker "Andy" graduated from LSU Law School in 1986.  Since that time, he has worked almost entirely in the commercial real estate arena.  He spent time as General Counsel for two different developers, and he has spent his 20+ years in the title industry as a commercial underwriter.  He is presently a commercial underwriter in the GA State office of Fidelity National Title Insurance.



Mr. Bruce Logan Ferguson's Profile

Mr. Bruce Logan Ferguson Related Seminars and Products

Stewart Title Guaranty Company


Bruce L. Ferguson joined Stewart Title Guaranty Company in 2019 as Georgia and North Carolina underwriting counsel and has more than 21 years of experience in the legal and Real Estate industry.  He spent over 15 years in private practice where he gained substantial experience in both residential and commercial real estate.  Prior to coming to Stewart, Bruce was Assistant Vice President and Underwriting Counsel for a Commercial Services division of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.

Bruce holds a BBA from the University of Georgia - Terry College of Business, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and an associate degree from Young Harris College.  He is admitted to the state bar in Georgia and North Carolina.



Mr. Kenneth Wade Stroud's Profile

Mr. Kenneth Wade Stroud Related Seminars and Products

Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company


Kenneth “Kenny” Stroud serves as Vice President and Southeast Regional Counsel for CATIC where he oversees underwriting for the southeast region.  Kenny received a B.B.A. from Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Economics and Finance.  Kenny worked several years in the insurance and risk analysis fields before enrolling at The University of Georgia School of Law where he obtained his J.D. Prior to joining CATIC, Kenny maintained a successful practice in Metro Atlanta focused on real estate and real estate litigation, estate planning, and bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.  Kenny is a frequent speaker and instructor for CE/CLE events and industry conferences. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Real Property Law Section, GRECAA, SLTA, TNLTA, PLTA and FLTA.



Ms. Hilary Herris Fentress's Profile

Ms. Hilary Herris Fentress Related Seminars and Products

Chicago Title Insurance Company


Hilary currently serves Chicago Title Insurance Company and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company – Georgia Agency as Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel. She joined the staff of Chicago Title Insurance Company, Atlanta Office, as an underwriter in January of 2005. Along with commercial and residential underwriting, Hilary provides training for agents on the basics of title insurance and other title related topics as requested by agents.  Hilary has been a speaker on various title insurance topics for the State Bar of Georgia, ICLE, SLTA, National Business Institute, and other CLE and professional associations.  Hilary has also appeared as a guest lecturer at the University of Georgia School Of Law and the Georgia Tech College of Business.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude in 1998 from the University of Georgia. Prior to working for Chicago Title, Hilary practiced law in Georgia with an emphasis on title issues, residential real estate and foreclosures. Member: State Bar of Georgia (Real Estate Section), Executive Committee Member Chair for the RPLS, Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta (CREW), Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA, Inc.).  Hilary is the mother of a fifteen-year-old son, a thirteen-year-old daughter, two cats and a dog and in her “spare time” she enjoys travel and the outdoors with her family and hopes to return to whitewater kayaking someday.



Ms. Kelsea Lila Sonne Laun's Profile

Ms. Kelsea Lila Sonne Laun Related Seminars and Products

Doma Title Insurance, Inc.


As regional underwriting counsel, Kelsea provides support to Doma agents throughout Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.  Kelsea began her legal career representing individuals in landlord-tenant disputes and later handled all aspects of consumer bankruptcy at a large metro Atlanta bankruptcy law firm. Prior to joining Doma f/k/a North American Title Insurance Company, she handled title insurance claims litigation with The Gilroy Firm. Kelsea is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. She serves on the communications committee and as Georgia Director of the Southeast Land Title Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the Georgia Bar. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University.  She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, two children, and their sweet rescue pup, Alberta.  While most of her free time is spent as an active spectator at her children’s baseball, tennis, and lacrosse matches, Kelsea also enjoys playing tennis and exploring the great outdoors. 


Ms. Allison Carter Jett's Profile

Ms. Allison Carter Jett Related Seminars and Products

Jett Law Group LLC


Allie Jett is the founding partner of Jett Law Group. Originally from Charleston, SC, Allie is a “Double Dawg” having received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Linguistics and Classical Culture and her Law Degree from the University of Georgia.

Allie started her real estate career at age 16 in the Cobb County Deed Records Room when she started running titles for her family’s mortgage business. She continued working in various capacities for that mortgage company until entering law school. 

Allie has spent her legal career representing governmental, individual, and corporate clients in a wide range of real estate-related disputes on both the trial and appellate levels as well as general counseling regarding best practices and risk mitigation outside of litigation. She focuses her practice on litigating title to real property and property tax matters. She also frequently acts as a court-appointed Special Master in quiet title proceedings and auditor in a variety of other real estate disputes.

Allie is admitted to the bar in both Georgia and South Carolina and has been named a “Georgia Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (every year from 2012 to 2018) and a Super Lawyer for every year from 2019-2024.


Mark E. Chastain Related Seminars and Products

Chastain & Associates


Mark Chastain, PLS is President of Chastain & Associates, P.C. located in Ellijay, Georgia which was established in 1995 and offers specialized land surveying services in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, and South Carolina.  He has an associate degree from Southern Tech and a bachelor degree from Kennesaw State.  

From 2003 through 2021, he served on the Georgia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyor where he reviewed licensure applications and worked with the Attorney General’s office on disciplinary and enforcement actions.  

Mark is a corresponding member of the ALTA/NSPS Survey Standards Committee and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of North Georgia on the legal aspects of land surveying.  He is also a frequent presenter at seminars for the State Bar of Georgia, the Southeastern Land Title Association, the Tennessee Land Title Association, and the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia. 


Mr. Chris Noles's Profile

Mr. Chris Noles Related Seminars and Products

Beyond Computer Solutions


Chris is an experienced Virtual CIO and Technology Consultant to professionals and business owners.  Chris has over 25 years of Information Technology experience and over 20 years of experience as a business owner providing Managed IT Services.

 

Chris began his career in the 1990’s providing specialized IT services for law firms and business owners, and many of those same law firms and business owners continue to work with his team of experts today.  Chris is a trusted advisor who has provided IT services, compliance and security solutions to Politicians, Attorneys, Doctors and Executives for organizations of all sizes. 

 

Chris and his firm have over 20 years of experience keeping businesses running so that business owners can focus on running their business. His team has also played a significant role responding to and remediating high profile cybersecurity breaches.

 

Chris has been featured in multiple articles providing cybersecurity expert advice to medical and legal professionals who our concerned about protecting their reputation.  Chris’s firm has been recognized as one of the top 501 MSPs worldwide.


Mark Kurowski's Profile

Mark Kurowski Related Seminars and Products

Director of Sales

Thirty Capital Financial


Mark Kurowski has spent the past 17 years of his career with Thirty Capital Financial, offering debt advisory services to commercial real estate clients through their Defease With Ease brand. Leading a team of analysts, Mr Kurowski helps clients analyze the economic impact of Defeasance and Yield Maintenance penalties on their real estate transactions, and helps navigate the complex process of  early payoff of securitized loans.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mr Kurowski graduated with a degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Early in his career, he worked with a large national accounting firm providing advisory and assurance services to Financial Services and Commercial Real Estate clients, leading him to change career paths into Commercial Real Estate Advisory.

Mr Kurowski enjoys spending time with his wife watching their three children participate in various youth travel sporting events throughout the Southeast.


Mr. Stuart Simon Gordan's Profile

Mr. Stuart Simon Gordan Related Seminars and Products

McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC


Stuart Gordan is a Partner with the law firm McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC.  Based in the firm’s Roswell, GA office, Stuart manages the REO and Closing Dept. operations over the firm’s 16-state footprint.  Stuart has been a Georgia resident for 25 years, following his graduations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then the University of Tulsa College of Law.


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